All Ages, Classical & Opera

California Symphony

When: Sun., Oct. 11, 4 p.m. and Tue., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. 2009

I'm not sure whether to applaud or run for cover. Barry Jekowsky, music director of the California Symphony, has recruited former Cirque du Soleil hand-balancing artists IouriSafronov and Nikolai Meinkov to perform in, of all things, Samuel Barber's beloved Adagio for Strings. This work has been heard in many guises, from its original incarnation as the adagio of Barber's string quartet to the funeral music for America's FDR and Monaco's Prince Rainier, but its marriage with circus acrobatics is undoubtedly a first. If that razzmatazz doesn't get ya, Dvorak's beautiful Ninth Symphony "From the New World" and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu performing Rachmaninoff's knuckle-busting Piano Concerto No. 3 certainly will. At Lesher Center for the Arts (1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek) on Sunday, October 12 (4 p.m.) and Tuesday, October 14 (7:30 p.m.)/ $39-$59, $20 for or 925-943-7469.

Jason Victor Serinus

Price: $44-$64, students $20

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